Polarn O. Pyret has no own factories; we manufacture our clothes at suppliers around the world. We work closely with our partners and many of them we have worked with for many years. It is important for us who we work with, and that is why we place high demands on safety, quality, the environment and social responsibility.
Together, we are growing stronger and therefore we have been members of Amfori-BSCI since 2005, an international initiative where thousands of participants from 40 countries work together on continuous improvements in the global supply chain. We share code of conduct with Amfori-BSCI's just over a thousand other companies and we do our external checks via Amfori-BSCI.
Amfori BSCI's Code of Conduct entails a commitment to systematically work with risk assessment, dissemination of knowledge, control and improvement work at suppliers and factory. All suppliers that produce for us must undertake to follow the code of conduct as part of the supplier agreement. The Code of Conduct consists of eleven important areas within which both minimum requirements and best practice are defined.
The eleven areas are:
We ensure that our suppliers receive the training and support they need to meet our requirements and guidelines. During a check, all parts are examined and if something is not right, we create an action plan together with the supplier. It may happen that our cooperation is going so far, but first and foremost, we always try to make improvements to avoid the employees suddenly leaving no income.
In addition to the work we do through Amfori-BSCI, we also work with factories that are SA8000 certified. If a factory meets all the requirements of BSCI's Code of Conduct, the factory is encouraged to go one step further and become certified according to SA8000, which BSCI considers to be the best standard in the world today.
In order for a factory to be SA8000 certified, it must meet all requirements in child labor, forced labor, health and safety, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, compensation and management systems.